On March 26, 2018, Robert C. Booker, who retired in August 2017 after a 40 year career in arts administration, including serving as Executive Director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts from 2006 – 2017, was awarded the Roger Lidman Distinguished Service Award. The award is given by the Museum Association of Arizona (MAA) in recognition of a recent career milestone “to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to an individual museum, the museum profession, the local community, to Arizona, to MAA, and/or to other professional organizations.”

Accepting the award today at the 2018 MAA Spring Conference, Booker shared the following remarks:

We need to be implicated in change. Correct our offences in interpreting the past…call out what is wrong and celebrate what is good and noble during these present days and provide meaningful experiences and exhibitions that imagine a future that is brighter, more inclusive, more colorful, kinder, and attainable to all.

We are called into leadership in our field and thankfully I believe, we the have the skills, the knowledge and the passion to assume the task.

It is an honor to receive the Roger Lidman award. Roger was a friend, an amazing individual a keeper of truths and a leader in our field.

Thank you so very much for this acknowledgement.